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boffin (BOF-in) noun
A scientist, especially one involved in research.
[Of unknown origin.]
If a pocket protector could be considered an official accessory of a nerd, white lab coat, glasses and clipboard would be the equivalent for a boffin. The term first appeared as a moniker given by members of Britain's Royal Air Force to scientists doing research on radar. But like most slang, the how and why of this are unknown.
"Wheeling out boffin Gerhard Nordlund, a researcher at Umeå University,
Aftonbladet explained tired school kids need practical help in getting
the most out of school."
"Edwards dresses up in irredeemably square glasses, lab coat and hairdo
to play Brains, the speccy, stuttering boffin."
This week's theme: slang.
I know what I have given you. I do not know what you have received. -Antonio Porchia, writer (1886-1968)